No bail sought on pistol charges

No bail was sought for a 20-year-old facing two pistol charges who appeared in the Christchurch District Court after his arrest in Papanui on Sunday.

Police had been carrying arms while they searched for him over the last few days, but he was arrested without incident.

Treik Rakena Allen, a cabinet maker, who is listed as having no fixed abode in the central city, was remanded in custody to March 25, to appear again by video-link from the prison.

He entered no pleas to two charges of using a restricted weapon – a pistol – with intent to prevent the arrest of Tolo Maanaiama, who was shot by the police in another incident in Christchurch last week and remains in hospital.

The two charges against Allen allege offending on February 23, when police said shots were fired at two police cars.

Defence counsel Chris Nolan asked for the remand for Allen. He said no bail application was being made today but an application for his release on electronically monitored bail was likely to be made at a future appearance.

Judge Murray Hunt granted the remand, in custody, and said a media application to photograph Allen in court would be argued at the next appearance.